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WWI Hungarian War Supporter copper watch fob acquired by a Jewish army veteran

Object | Accession Number: 2010.81.7

World War I Hungarian War Supporter copper watch ornament originally owned by Bela Krausz, issued for contributions to military aid for the year 1915/16. Bela, an Orthodox Jew and WWI veteran, was arrested in Budapest on May 31, 1944, following the occupation of Hungary by Nazi Germany on March 19. He was deported in July to an unknown concentration camp where he was killed. In November, his wife Lenke went into hiding with their daughter Kati and her children, and her son-in-law’s family. The city was liberated by Soviet forces in January 1945. Lenke brought the watch fob with her when she left Hungary with Kati and her family in January 1949 for the United States.

commemoration:  1915-1916
emigration:  1949 September 21
received:  approximately 1944 May
issue: Budapest (Hungary)
Object Type
Watch fobs (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Veres
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:24:50
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